Tuesday, 21 December 2010

EU threatens snowbound airports with regulation | Reuters

EU threatens snowbound airports with regulation | Reuters: "Europe's transport chief said Tuesday he was considering forcing airports to provide airlines with a minimum level of infrastructure support during severe weather, such as this week's snowstorms.

European Union transport commissioner Siim Kallas made his comments after more than 3,000 flights were canceled across Europe Monday, according to flight authority Eurocontrol.

'In recent days, I have become increasingly concerned about the problems relating to the infrastructure available to airlines -- airports and ground handling -- during this severe period of snow,' Kallas said in a statement.

'We need to ensure that, from infrastructure providers such as airports and rail infrastructure managers, there are appropriate service levels and minimum quality requirements that are followed and delivered,' he said"

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Gibraltar set to raise taxes on online gambling companies

Gambling Online Magazine | News | Gibraltar set to raise taxes on online gambling companies: "Gibraltar has always been a tax haven for many off-shore based online gambling companies due to its low rates but now, it seems, they are set to increase tax percentages from a meagre 1% to 10%.

Whilst this may seem like an un-reasonable hike it is unlikely to scare of gambling organisations already based there as they are simply being brought into line with other companies based in the country that already pay 10% tax. Value added tax will still not apply so it will still be more viable than being based in countries such as the UK or America.

The owner of one of the oldest bookmakers in the UK, Victor Chandler said that he believes this will not make any online gambling companies based there pick up shop and move elsewhere.

Despite having such low tax rates, it is reported that Gibraltar collected over £10.5 million from online gambling companies last year. It is reported that the government have made this move to come more into line with EU regulations."

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Thursday, 9 December 2010

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World steeplechase champion Dominguez in doping scandal

The Irish Grand National: The History of Ireland's Premier SteeplechaseWorld steeplechase champion Dominguez in doping scandal: "Spain's worldsteeplechase champion, Marta Domínguez has been questioned today by the Civil Guard as part of an investigation into doping.
Dominguez's home in Palencia was raided by police officers and a laptop, a metallic briefcase and a cardboard box were confiscated.
14 people were arrested today as part of 'Operation Galgo' including her trainer, César Pérez, and 'Operation Puerto' doctor Eufemiano Fuentes. Police also raided addresses in Madrid and Las Palmas and another trainer, Manuel Pascua Piqueras, is allegedly among the suspects.
35-year-old Domínguez has taken time out to have a child and will overlook the entire 2011 season because of her pregnancy, but intends to return in time for the 2012 London Olympics. Domínguez won the 5,000 metres at the 2002 and 2006 European championships.
Operation Galgo is the third police investigation into sports doping after last year's 'Operation Grial', which led to a two-year ban for Spanish 20km walker Francisco 'Paquillo' Fernández. The silver medalist at the 2004 Olympics was among 11 people arrested in raids carried out last November."

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Monday, 6 December 2010

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Ex Real Madrid player Guti, who now plays for the Turkish side, Besiktas, is reported to be unhurt after a car accident

Ex Real Madrid player Guti, who now plays for the Turkish side, Besiktas, is reported to be unhurt after a car accident in Turkey at 4am when his Range Rover was in collision with a coach. 

Turkish newspaper Hürriyet says he measured 2.71 when given a breathalyser test and that the accident happened when he was on his way home from a discotheque. 

One report claims he had driven a kilometre and a half against the traffic. He has been fined 278 € for being over the alcohol limit.

Read more: http://www.typicallyspanish.com/news/publish/article_28178.shtml#ixzz17KaOIkBD

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